Marla Jones, a native of Topeka, Kansas, currently resides in
Los Angeles, CA.
She has appeared in concert at numerous venues throughout Southern California singing in varied styles of music from inspirational, international (she sings in 5 languages), show tunes, standards and the great American songbook, to her passion…jazz.
Some of these venues have included a concert and singing for the evening service at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. She sang all in French at a private V.I.P. opening of the Paris Casino in Las Vegas, and has sung numerous concerts with organist/pianist, Bob Ralston, of the Lawrence Welk Show. Her own act and her various singing groups have been featured performing at United Way events, the West Covina Summer Concert Series 1991, La Mirada Civic Theatre, the International Peace Ceremony ’87 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and at many of
Los Angeles’ top hotels and clubs.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s Music School, Jones began her professional career singing in clubs and with big bands in the Chicago area. She went through UCLA’s Extension Certificate Program in film composing, and has served as Singer/Music Director/Arranger/Composer for many events, vocal groups and recording sessions. In 2001, she was chosen and appeared as a Quarterfinalist for the eighth annual McAllaster American Traditions Competition at the Savannah Onstage International Arts Festival.
Jones has presented shows for numerous senior citizens’ organizations and centers and retirement communities including for the City of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Cheviot Hills, B’Nai B’Rith, Leisure World and on tour throughout the Southwest including the states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. Jones, along with Bob Ralston, were the first act in “The Timeless Concert Series” at the 470 seat Madrid Theatre. This was a monthly series for seniors dedicated to the timeless music of the 20th century and was co-sponsored by The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and The ASCAP Foundation.